Last night the Yankees bullpen went a combined 3.2 innings without allowing a run. At a certain point this season that would have been a major achievement for them, but lately it has merely been par for the course.
Get this, over the last 30 days the Yankees bullpen has had a 2.35 ERA, good for the best in the American League.
Leading the way has been David Robertson who has grabbed the 8th inning role and hasn’t given up an earned run since July 2nd. That’s 15 straight appearances without allowing a run.
Boone Logan has also emerged as a force since his latest recall from the minors. He was recalled from the minors in the middle of June, he allowed a run in his first appearance back, but hasn’t given up another run since. Overall he’s made 16 appearances with a 1.53 ERA since the recall.
Joba Chamberlain lost his job as the primary setup-man and has been great ever since. In his last eight appearances he hasn’t allowed any earned runs going back to July 28th.
Also helping the bullpen has been Kerry Wood, who was acquired from the Indians at the deadline. In six appearances with the Yankees he’s allowed just a single run and the depth he provides has helped keep everyone fresh.
Finally there is Mariano Rivera, who doesn’t even need to be discussed, he’s just great.
The Yankees pen has been a strength of theirs right now and it couldn’t come at a better time with their rotation a little shaky. If this isn’t a fluke and they can sustain this success for the rest of the season and into the playoffs, it will make their chances in October exponentially better.